Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera continues to make headlines after her Facebook page ranked 19th in the most liked public figure Facebook pages worldwide according to social media analytics site Quintly.
She is the only Filipino who made it to the Top 20 list which includes international celebrities like Nicki Minaj, Kim Kardashian, Ellen DeGeneres, Hugh Jackman, etc. At present, Marian’s Facebook page has almost 15 million likes.
Marian couldn’t be prouder and happier for this good news and she immediately thanked her avid fans and followers for their non-stop support and love for her. She posted on her Instagram account, “Wow! Maraming salamat….”
Following her much awaited comeback last month, Marian has become busy with her hosting stint in Sunday Pinasaya and is doubly excited to start working on her two new projects in GMA this year: a talk show and the prequel to Encantadia, where she was the unanimous choice to play the important role of Ynang Reyna.
As for her upcoming talk show, Marian shared, “Yung talk show na ito hindi pilit. Base ito sa experiences ko, doon iikot. Syempre, gusto ko yung alam ko ang sinasabi ko kapag nag host ako at makaka relate ang bawat isa.”
This upcoming talk show will fit Marian as she will share with her fans and avid Kapuso viewers her life experiences as a wife and a mom.
A new breed of boy band
The Juans is an emerging Filipino boy band that does not only have hot guys, but seriously has fun jams – the members play their own instruments, write their songs and can sing.
Just in case you haven’t added these guys in your playlist, you may want to start listening to them now. It’s only a matter of time until they dominate the local music scene.
Composed of Carl Guevarra, 25; Jason De Mesa, 24; Jiad Arroyo, 22; Daniel Grospe, 25, and Japs Mendoza, 19, these cuties have also built an impressive social media fan base.
What’s in store for The Juans in 2016?
“So many plans for this year, we will be releasing some new songs and we are in the process of recording right now. We are so excited to share these new songs. But there’s a big project coming up but we don’t want to jinx it. We will soon be exposed on television a lot,” said Guevarra, during the band’s break at Alba’s Restaurant, The Prism Plaza, 4th Floor, TwoE-ComCenter, Mall of Asia Complex, Harbor Drive, Pasay City.
The upcoming songs are follow-up to the band’s eponymous released album, which contains three songs “Atin Ang Mundo,” “Prom,” and “Magkasama” for Viva Records.
Added to their busy schedule in the coming months are the provincial and campus tours and their regular appearance for MTV Sessions. The band has also appeared in ASAP on ABS-CBN.
For more than one year now, the boy band has been playing at The Prism Plaza every Friday, where they have enjoyed a big following,
“The Prism Plaza is a favorite place for us because the venue is just beautiful and friendly. It is clean, decent and very ideal for bands like us. We don’t experience any stigma here unlike in other places which is really dark and uncomfortable,” Guevarra said.
They describe the crowd at the Prism Plaza as “combonistas” who give their all-out support to their shows.
“These are the people who promote us aggressively in social media. They are the ones who go to our gigs all the time wherever we play,” he said.
With inspirations from popular boy bands namely One Direction, The Vamps, 1975, Five Seconds of Summer, the band has come up with the “glam-pop” sound for their fans.
“It’s a sound that’s very accessible to all. It’s like for general patronage. Even teenagers and their moms can relate to our sound which is vibrant, colorful and happy,” Guevarra said.
In terms of musical arrangements, even if they do covers, the band simply put their own flavor to it so that the songs would sound special.
Not too long ago, the band mates live under roof for several months to get a feel of their music and focus themselves as a group.
“There was a time that we have to live together for three months. We told ourselves that if we really want to have our own sound, we felt there was a need to live together and experiment on music,” Guevarra said.
The band then was discovered by executives of Viva Records who watched them perform in one of their shows. The group decided to carry the name Juan which refers to a Filipino and eventually change the impression that Juan is “tamad” and other negative affinities to it.
“We were in a coffee shop and we were exploring names for the band. We thought of Juan to symbolize the Filipino. And we also want to change the other tags associated to it like Juan Tamad. We’ve always thought that Juan will go far,” Guevarra said.
These days, even after their shows, the band members bond together to assess their performances if there were things to be done or corrected.
Guevarra said that his band mates have also grown mature in terms of dealing with one another and choosing the playlist. “You cannot avoid that. But we have now outgrown that. Even in choosing our songs, we’ve grown mature.”
No doubt that these guys will be making headlines in the music scene soon so jump on The Juans bandwagon.
What’s in ‘I-Bilib’ today?
Have you seen loose that can produce electricity”
Watch I-Bilib! and you might be surprises as Chris Tiu shows how in the “Coin Battery Experiment.”
Chris also shows his audience another kind of experiment. And he calls it “Amazing Colored Lava Experiment.” This will surely make science more colorful, only in I-Bilib.
The guys from Discover Science will show that sound is mighty. Can the human voice break a glass?
Those are the amazing things you have to watch out for in I-Bilib, every Sunday morning on GMA 7.